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On HIV and AIDS: Six assessments about where we go from here

November 25, 2009 | 10:45 am

Hiv The number of new HIV infections may be declining, but the battle is far from over.

In assessing how this country, and the world, should proceed, the journal Health Affairs offers up six HIV/AIDS policy briefs, part of an in-depth look at the issue:

HIV and AIDS: Past Successes, Future Opportunities

The Short-Term Costs of Fighting HIV/AIDS

The Long-Term Costs of Battling HIV/AIDS

Preventing HIV/AIDS

Battling HIV/AIDS: Value for Money

The Role of Science in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

As the introduction notes:

"The articles in our issue demonstrate that the U.S. and other leading donor nations can take crucial steps now to shape the extent of the pandemic and to dramatically reduce its costs – both in terms of the treatment of those affected, and in overall human lives."

If HIV and AIDS have taken a backseat amid better publicized health-related concerns of late, now's the time to take stock.

Today's story in the Los Angeles Times: New HIV infections in decline

It begins: "The estimated number of new HIV infections each year has declined about 17% since 2001, but for every five people infected, only two begin treatment, according to a report from the World Health Organization and UNAIDS released Tuesday."

-- Tami Dennis

Photo: An HIV-positive woman receives treatment in a hospital recently in Merauke, West Papua, near Jayapura, Indonesia.

Credit: Ulet Ifansasti / Getty Images